Family attorney Shannon Aldinger announces candidacy for Courtenay school trustee – Comox Valley Record

Family attorney and mediator Shannon Aldinger is seeking election as a school trustee for Courtenay.

As the proud parent of two teenagers raised in Courtenay, Aldinger is a dedicated and outspoken advocate for youth and public education. With over 20 years of experience as a family lawyer, Aldinger is highly skilled in resolving complex issues and making decisions that put the best interests of children first.

“I am committed to ensuring that all young people have the best tools and support they need to thrive in elementary and secondary school and then lead healthy and fulfilling adult lives,” says Aldinger. “I’m showing up to ensure that our local education system and all of our students reach their highest potential over the next few years as administrators decide crucial policies, plans and budgets.”

Throughout her 10 years as a parent in SD71, Aldinger has been a very active and effective volunteer. She has served on her children’s Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) at Puntledge Park School and Mark R. Isfeld High School since 2013. She has served on the district PAC since 2017, including as chair of its first sexual health committee and committee member of SD71 to revamp its anti-discrimination policy. She spoke out against the planned closure of Puntledge Park School in 2016 and has since advocated for increased provincial funding for schools.

Aldinger has successfully advocated at the district and provincial level for age-appropriate consent education and measures to address gender-based violence among students. In April 2022, Aldinger presented four resolutions to the Provincial Association of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), which received 94-99% approval from Parent and District Advisory Councils across the province.

Former District PAC President Brooke Finlayson said Aldinger would be a great administrator.

“Shannon is an ideal leader and listener who will bring principled strategic direction, financial stewardship, community engagement, thoughtful positions, and strong advocacy for equitable education.”

Salinas LaPerriere, parent of Vanier and owner of Blue Toque, agrees.

“I was thrilled to hear that Shannon runs. I worked closely with Shannon at Puntledge Elementary and she is kind and compassionate, super knowledgeable, full of initiative, committed to this community, and generous with her time.

Aldinger supports:

• improved collaboration at the community level to meet the needs of youth in the Comox Valley;

• increased collaboration with local governments;

• improved communication, transparency and partnerships with parents; and

• Bolder district leadership and accountability around closing the pandemic learning gap, consent education, LGBTQ+ youth inclusivity, climate change, and truth and reconciliation.

For more information contact Shannon Aldinger at [email protected]

Election 2022

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